A year-and-a-half after our launch, we’ve now published over 6,000 news and comment pieces, interviews, features, live-blogs, explainers and photography pieces. Check out our Annual Report.
We are grateful to our donors who have helped us continue against all odds. We now invite our readers to support our team of five journalists into 2017, ahead of the Chief Executive elections.
We aim to raise HK$550,000 in 40 days through the Fringebacker crowdfunding platform, to give us the basics to survive into the new year.
Fringebacker accepts Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, bank transfer/deposit and cheque.
What have we achieved?
HKFP has built a global audience, serving up over 14 million web pages and reaching over 55,000 followers on Facebook alone.
Since our 2016 Funding Drive, we’ve carried leading coverage on the unrest in Mong Kok, the bookseller disappearances, academic freedom, censorship in China, human rights and the recent elections.
We’ve given focus to LGBT issues, land issues, government misspending, Beijing’s crackdown on lawyers, refugees, poverty and politics.
Why support us now?
As a go-to news source for English-speakers here and abroad, we are now producing more video, more breaking news and more original journalism every week.
Our reports are being cited everywhere from the BBC to the Daily Mail to the Guardian and we are eager to continue delivering for our readers.
Hong Kong will see the 20th anniversary of the Handover in 2017, as well as the important Chief Executive elections in March.
Crowdfunding is the very best way to secure our press freedom and the 2017 Funding Drive will give us the basics to pay our staff and keep the newsroom running into the new year.
HKFP is meticulous with every cent it receives. We invite readers to view our Annual Report, which includes a Transparency Report, to see how carefully contributions are being spent.
Hong Kong Free Press: Unique in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s core values: press freedom, rule of law and freedom of speech are imperative to our journalism, and we will act as a watchdog whenever they are threatened. For democracy to thrive, people need access to independent, diverse sources of information – and until now that has been lacking in Hong Kong’s English-language news landscape. Minorities and voters based abroad deserve to understand what is happening in the city.
We have no media tycoon, corporate entity or mainland-owned umbrella group behind us. We can resist commercial and political pressure, cut through the social media noise and are able to get straight to the story without hindrance. Since we have no shareholders, we are only answerable to ourselves and our readers and, since we report in English, we can tell Hong Kong’s story to the world.